Super Rocket V8 Imperial Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by watermelonman:
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2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After ordering a pint of SN Super VA from the menu, I can only imagine that this is what I received. It arrived deep dark and slightly mahogany, minimal head and lace but that is appropriate for style.

Smells brought forth chocolate malt with a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Not bad, but in the taste it turned. Body minimal, this beer fell flat when tasted. The flavors simply could not live up to the look and smell. The mouthfeel had the slightly sharp quality I expect from stronger porters, but was simply lacking in substance.

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3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was told this is a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Porter.

Enjoyed at the Sierra Nevada Tap-Takeover in Bown Crossing... this one was at Bier Thirty... Inflatablechair and I hung out for a while sampling the brews.. I asked for a short pour on this one and got a full-on goblet.. Oh well, make the best of it. :-)

Pours black and murky.. dark tan head lasts forever... nice lacing.

Nose is pretty interesting... tons of char.. and then a deep raisin and lesser vanilla comes in...

Flavor has the same components, but a distinct phenolic element that I associate with bandaids... decent maltiness and roasty element that get blasted by the phenols especially with warmth.. a weird astringency on the finish doesn't add much either. Overall, burnt, charred, tar, burnt rubber note that takes over the normal dark fruits and caramel malts. Decent, but something is screwed up.

Sammy suggests "buggy barrels"... I don't think I would have a better explanation of the rubbery phenols.

The palate and carbonation are both about right.. medium body and a touch too many bubbles.

Not digging it at all... Glad I got the chance to give it a go, but not my cup of beer.


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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this at the Public House adjacent to AT&T Park in San Francisco before a recent Cubs-Giants game.

Beer was served brown with a decent off white head.

Nose was dominated by smoked malts with a hint of barrel.

Taste was a strange combination of smokiness, dark chocolate, and a hint of barrel.

Feel was pretty good, medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this was not my cup of tea. Sounds like they trotted out the same base recipe but switched up the ingredients a bit. The malt base was too smokey and dominated the light barrel aging and with the chocolate it was too weird.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Super Rocket V8 Imperial Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 11 ratings